Ireland is not called “The Emerald Isle” without reason. The lush terrain, the lakes, mountains and coastline lend themselves to a wonderful vacation experience for any visitor to Ireland.
However, if you play golf then you add an incredible dimension to your stay in Ireland of the Welcomes.
Ireland is a golfing paradise with a huge variety of courses together with a temperate climate that means your trip can be undertaken at any time of the year. The secret to this is the fact that Ireland, like Scotland, England and Wales, has an abundance of links courses – seaside courses built on sand – dotted around its coastline. This type of course is unique to Ireland and Britain. And what a coastline Ireland has for you to explore!
From the splendor of the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club in Cork and Ballybunion Golf Club in Kerry, the visitor can journey to the rugged Connemara coast and onwards to Donegal where nature has carved some of the most beautiful and testing links courses ever created. Go around the Antrim coast where Royal Portrush is not to be missed and onto Royal County Down which will find any weakness in your game. Going south you will encounter County Louth and the world renowned Portmarnock in north Dublin. South of the capital the European Club in County Wicklow is a superb links course, used regularly by the American PGA golfers as a warm-up for the British Open which is always played on a links course.
The aforementioned are just a sample of the more well known links courses in Ireland. There are hidden gems everywhere around the coast which provide an opportunity for golfers of all skill levels.
Meander inland, meanwhile, and the visitor is spoiled for choice with some incredible scenic and demanding parkland golf courses . Names such as Mount Juliet in Kilkenny and the K Club in Kildare (venue of the 2006 Ryder Cup) designed respectively by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer stand out from the crowd – but only just!
In total, between Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) affiliated courses and pay-as-you-play clubs, there are nearly 500 golf clubs in the island of Ireland.
They all accept visitors; green fees in general are reasonable, you will experience a warm and, after your game is played, intense post-mortems are the order of the day at the 19 th hole.
So, what are you waiting for? Come see for yourself ! Check out the Ireland Golf drop down menu above for links to the various golfing sections on our website.